I need to find out what kills the Sri Lanken Weavel, it strippe my orange tree bare, did a job on my guava tree, killed my neighbors tangalo tree, now I see my star fruit tree is being eaten, there has to be something thats effective besides the two brick method. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Jim Oh, it's also infested my ficus hedge but byers shrub and tree control seems to control them there. Problem is you can't use that stuff on edible fruit trees.
Garden pests to defeat (#2 & #3 were less of a problem last year)
#1 Squash Bugs -- Squash them before they multiply!
#2 Cucumber Beetles (spotted) -- grow bacterial wilt resistance and bitterfree cukes!
#3 Squash Vine Borers -- grow more C. moschatas; such as; butternuts & trombone!
The trombone squash draws the squash bugs away from other varieties and it grows so fast that the bugs can't keep up with it. Since I've been growing bitterfree cukes, the cuke beetles have almost disappeared from my garden. The squash vine borers don't bother the C. moschatas. I plan to grow Long Pie Pumpkin (C. pepo). We'll see how that goes. I may have to switch to Long Island Cheese (C. moschata).
Thanks to the great advice from ATTRA, I can do this organically. I LOVE MY CUCURBITS! : )
I voted for keeping my garden neater, although I don't have alot of plants that need to be deadheaded, & I do pull weeds fairly often, I have several big shrubs and plants that need to be trimmed back more often--- or else it starts to look like a jungle back there!
I asked for and received a garden journal for my December birthday and have already filled a dozen pages. What a help it will be next year to pull out one book when I want to recall something rather than searching for a dozen different scraps of paper. Hand-in-hand with this is assigning a schedule for doing certain tasks (e.g., spraying the vegetable garden with fish emulsion on the second weekend of every month, etc.).
I picked weeding and deadheading because it was closest to what I really meant which was pruning and cutting back. Dahlia, I've been using my little camera so much lately because I haven't wanted to cope with the big one!
I voted for better records. I made a great start last year on DG entering new plants into the Trade List feature and then disabling all the things I don't have extra of to trade yet. Eventually I will.
I also need to be more diligent with Sluggo and corn gluten, and make better plant choices if I buy anything!
My vote is better plant choices - in particular I will try to incorporate more natives into my landscaping, and also work on 'taming' my outlying natives a bit. Weeding is a perennial goal, and we have an ongoing battle with beavers.
Record keeping seems to be a popular goal, and perhaps we can share our methods. I maintain a Word file which is set up as a simple chart with 4 columns. The first column is the botanical name with a small close-up photo of plant (usually a close-up of the bloom). Next column is the common name and notes on herbal use and bird/bug attractant. Next column is a general description (light needs, maturity size, time of bloom, etc.). Final column is a 'to do' for the upcoming season - when to divide, when & how to prune, fertilization schedule, etc. This is a rather concise chart, about 6 plants per page. Every spring, I convert the existing Word file to a PDF file (quicker to print), print it, and keep it in a notebook which I then carry with me and make notes in throughout the growing season. During the winter, I update the Word file, adding pictures and new plants, new ideas, etc. My current file is 47 pages long and growing. Provides me with a good winter project every year!
I didn't vote because there is no all of the above button. Be better at record keeping, save seeds and actually remember what they are and where I put them, More diligent deadheading and pulling of weeds, out smarting or trying to out smart the dreaded Japanese beetle, and one not mentioned, actually remembering to put tools away in their proper places so they are easier to find when I need them.
Rent man, nope, it's most definate Sri Lankan weevals, it's my understanding that they are traveling northward fast, hope they find a cure fast too. Woofie, glad to know there is at least one more like me. Dutchlady, I can't remember my own neighbors names, I gave up on trying with the botanical names, after all "a rose by any other name smells just as sweet". Jim
I chose save more seeds but all the above would be more to the point. with the exception of getting rid of the pests once and for all. I know that to be an impossibility. Every thing has a purpose, even if it is only to try my patience. Those of course include the squash beetles those gray Japanese beetles, mosquitoes, grasshoppers and of course rabbits. I do however make it as undesirable as possible for them to enter my garden, for their free lunch program.
The price for seeds has sky-rocketed in the last few years. some advertise 3 seeds for $2.95 + shipping. and 10 seeds for $5.00. and if they don't germinate, your just S-O-L.
yeah,a bit of all the above..as i tub up each 30 lily seeds,i mark them with black marker pen...as i pot each seedling i use a white permanent paint pen to mark the pot...ive given away countless big name lilies in the past and then wonder where theyve gone. ..gday DAHLIANUT!
i vowed last year to rid my garden of Citrus Root Weevils and it can't be done, not completely. so, little by little, i am taking out the plants they love and replacing them with ones they hate! lol then i can enjoy my new resolution to take it easier out in the garden and not fret so much over what can't be changed. i never thought i'd say this but the garden and all that word entails has run my life for the last 15 years and i'm growing weary.
Good idea, Kyla. I will go back and vote again. I won't be having much of any garden if I don't exert some control over the gophers.
Good thing those cute little deer are fenced out. But how, I wonder. It must take quite a fence to keep the deer out! Are you sure they won't just make a flying deer bound and land in your yard over the top of the fence? They are terrific at fence jumping.
I love deer -- but am really clear on what they can do to a garden.
I voted to collect more seeds, but I also need to be a lot more selective in my plant choices. I think they should have had a category for plant moving. I will try to move a lot of my plants around to more suitable locations.
g'morning, Dahlia! LTNS - hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and will have a great New Year!!
I voted for "save more seeds" however, I don't think that's the issue. Keeping better records would be
Most of my plants are either perennials, or self-seeding, although I saved some wonderful Hibiscus seeds last year, and everyone seems to want some
Here's a pic of that lovely hibiscus.
I've just started perusing Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog, and think I should have said to be very careful of ordering new seeds!!!!! They are so enticing. But it will be winter here for about 3 more months so lots of time to look at catalogs.
While ordering seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I highly recommend one they usually have - a pumpkin-like winter squash call Galeux d'Eysienne See link below. This is one of the most delicious squash I have ever eaten and I never see it for sale even in the farmers' markets. It isn't as good a keeper as a hubbard, say, but it keeps a while and you won't have to worry about keeping it, anyhow because it is so yummy. And very attractive, warts ( yes, really) and all.
I voted to defeat my biggest garden pest which is our golden retriever. Yes, holes need to be dug, but not in the middle of the yard. If I stuck a tree in all of his holes, I'd be a forest farmer. And I'm still mystified as to just where all the dirt goes when he's done with a hole.
Pajaritomt; & Donna. I have my Bakers Creek catalog and did look at the
Galeux d'Eysines. The warts kind of made me think again but maybe I shouldn't judge it so harshly . I will have to give it try.
Has anyone tried the Australian Butter? I was thinking it may be another one to try. I always have Butternut and am very happy with it.
Another one I like is the Tahitian Melon squash. It is very tasty, not a real long keeper, and they are huge and only two of us we have to cut it up and spread it over several meals. I will have to buy a pkt. of them again, as I lost all the seeds from them. They may have been a hybrid, not sure.
I'm looking forward to a big patch of coneflowers and better tomatoes. Our golden doesn't like the smell of marigolds so EVERYTHING will have marigolds mixed in next season. I harvested at least two 2-gallon bags full of mari seeds.
The dogs are why I'm up so early. Both needed to go out & fertilize the lawn and that's when I learned that it's snowing like crazy! The chicken wire also keeps the squirrels from stealing my flower bulbs.
Garden pests will always keep coming back.. so I can't defeat them "once and for all." In my case it's voles, deer, raccoons, and rabbits. I can only win enough battles to make gardening worthwhile. I hope to control weeds more by mulching than by pulling. I always try to keep records; and have been doing a better job with the Journal system here at DG. Seed saving is a good idea; but I need to be successful in growing and harvesting things that produce usable seeds...
Even without eliminating the other choices, it seems to me that my garden is mostly the product of good plant choices and placement. The way I find out is by planting things. Getting them well started, then giving them a fairly low standard of care. The ones that survive stay. At the end of a decade or so, I have a garden full of low-care plants.
So many goals! Using more botanical names, learning about saving seeds, and choosing more heirlooms. Learning more about companion planting and soil components. Keeping the squash haters at bay: squash vine borer, squash bug, and powdery mildew.
The one thing that (happily) isn't on my list is weeding. Someone on here suggested putting newspaper under the mulch, and I did almost no weeding last summer. Collecting newspapers now, and they'll go down soon after tilling. My soil needs lots more organic matter anyway, so it's a win-win.
Devidedsky, in Indy; The paper works great. For me it is trying to have enough mulch to cover it to hold it down. so I have some boards to do that job until I get enough mulch. Regrettably last spring I wasn't able to keep up and I had a lot of weeds and the production suffered. I try to think it was alright though, as I have survived a skull fracture and the resulting surgery. 10 months later now, I'm planning, what to plant and where and how much. We have saved many boxes of newspaper, so have a good supply to start with.
Can I check 'all of the above' somewhere?? I am pretty good about using more botanical names and am much better these days about plant choices. But I still need to be better at deadheading (more than once or twice a year) and weeding (after they get too big). The garden pests get away from me before I can do much about them.
I am gardening with my bug control being wasps and chickens. But I have nothing to stop the white flies that take out my Vir Creeper every late summer. I am going to study their life styles so I can bring in a new predator. Or eliminate their nests. Hmmmm
I checked deadheading and pulling but almost said better choices and that's almost a tie. Then again if could get rid of flea beetles!! I could finally grow chard etc.
Well at least it reminded to get back to my Journal and do some updating. I haven't looked at it in so long, there are some houseplants I have given away completely.
No toads here also but lots of salamanders gracing my soil under the hardscape. They dammage nothing and are just as cute, oh and they don't give you warts.
I have done lots of reading and I plan on pruning the top branches and burning them. Also I have seen good effects last year with leaf vaccuming and shredding. I do compost them but I have seen no hatch on the pile. I suspect the problem is on the V creeper due to the dense leaf pattern and the wasps are going for the dewdrop rather than the fly in late summer.
I voted to be more diligent about record keeping but I 'm also working on choosing plants more and more suitable for my climates and microclimates. My seeds are labeled and filed. Im working on a notebook from which I can make a calendar of what needs doing at which time so I can stop forgetting to fertilize or prune at the best time. I need the notebook to keep records of what happened and when before I can make a plan.
the notebook is kept in the head,if something doesnt come out in the show week,the weather has had a lot to do with it..everything here is 3 weeks in advance,thanks to 5 months of rain...the dice.,.,., they will fall on any number,.,.gardening is a gamble
I would have chosen 'all of the above' if it had been offered, except that I wouldn't dead head too much, because the birds love my agastache and fennel stems that weren't cut back. I chose 'keep better records' because just throwing the plant id tags in a bucket to sort out later isn't working for me.
Yardqueen, I have mole-hunting cats, too...been thinking of starting a new business, "Rent-a-cat", lol
My worst gardening pest is procrastination...been putting off growing veggies in containers, inside the dog pen where the countless woodland critters don't venture. This year, I'm gonna try it.
Tee hee, Pam, I have done some throwing of plant ID tags in a bucket, too. But not on my iris. Those get mismarked by my forgetting to make the tag before I plant the iris then forgetting to make the tag right after planting when I can remember what iris I planted where. Making accurate tags is almost as time consuming as planting!
I have tagged a few of my iris, but the ones I got from my sister in law - - - 2 five gallon buckets full. that I spent hours on my knees planting. I failed 2 years now to even stake their colors beside them. Guess that should be my new years resolution! And stop procrastinating. I would like to replant them with a plan to group the colors better.
This was my third year gardening and I had created spreadsheets to track everything from actual yields to overall cost (of course broken down into annual costs/ periodic cost vs startup cost), cataloged seeds, vendor cost, tax expense, delivery times for each vendor, % viability of seeds, % loss, climate, rainfall, harvest times and fertilizer application rates. Did I mention I am an accountant /auditor? Any way, I started off great, but I needed to focus more on the having time to measure all of this stuff. By July, between the pressures of work and family, I barely managed to keep up with the gardening chores. So, I think I need to focus more on the keeping the garden clean aspect. And yes, I have copied all my sheets and created new headers so I am all set. Can't wait to get started... I think I'll start next week.
That is a great idea! We just need to think of a way to guarantee that the customer will give them back... I am too used to the no snakes, no rats, no mice, no moles life! I would need them back.
Every once in a while there is a down side though. Between the pale light of dawn and a few little leaf piles on the patio, I didn't see it... But I felt it. On the way to my car one morning, I stepped on the head of a creature that they left near the back door. Just the head... no body. I guess it was a mole cause it was too large to be a mouse.
Last year the fire ants were all over my perennial garden so I am going to be working on getting them out of there & it may take me all season!!! hahaha... I have a good safe (environmental) product I can use without worry.
I keep pretty good records and love to collect and label seeds so I gotta go with keep up with weeding and deadheading. I lose complete interest in all of that once it gets hot and humid. I'm fairly antisocial when I have garden chores to get done and my apt. neighbors tend to want to wander out and start asking me about plants and can they have this or that which gets me irritated when I've got real work to do and then I call it a day and go inside:lol: Last time I dug up and reworked the iris bed it was 5:00 in the morning since I knew everyone in the building was still asleep--was finished and cleaned up by 8 am--looked like elves in the night had come in and done the work:)
Better record keeping. I wrote a few notes on my calendar this past year as to when a plant was in bloom and when it quit blooming and when I harvested the fist vegetables. However, when I put my new calendar up and reviewed my 2009 calendar I had mixed feelings. I was very excited to see when some of my flowers bloomed and when I harvested veggies, but I thought I had written more down than I did. So, this year, I am going to do a better job of record keeping. It's nice to know when something is in bloom in your yard so you know what companion plants you want to put with it.
The other resolution I have is to work on rearranging my plants for better companions.
The other resolution I have is to purchase one of those Asian hoes. I do a lot of weeding on my rear end and knees! That's going to be a birthday request!
The other resolution I have is to keep my tools in better condition. That's an on going resolution every year. I keep doing better!
I resolved to sanitize my cutting tools between uses. (I'm doing more and more work around the neighborhood, not just my yard, so I guess I feel a little more responsible.)
Other than that, I like my growing things pretty much as they are. I've learned that I'm a lot more interested in process than results. Observing my little ecosystems as they ebb and flow is fine. I don't feel so much need to control them.
Sometimes I lose my little shovels for months. They're stainless steel with rubber handles so thank goodness they don't deteriorate. I use old kitchen forks to "pull up" the small weeds by their roots. That's a real challenge to keep track of them! Good Idea! It's the Garden Fairies! :)